Abandon Normal Devices (AND) 2010


Join us for this year’s Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture in Manchester from Fri 1 – Thu 7 October 2010, where we once again invite a host of international cross-platform artists and filmmakers to investigate the question: what are normal devices? How and why might we abandon them?

With an emphasis on explorations of identity, behaviour and systems, that define who and what we are, the 2010 edition of Abandon Normal Devices features brand new commissions from internationally renowned artists, filmmakers and cultural provocateurs, highlights of which include a special collaboration and exhibition with artist Phil Collins; the UK premiere of Gillian Wearing’s first feature length film Self Made; human vacuum packing from controversial artist Laurence Malstaff in the form of his live performance, Shrink; and UnSpooling – Artists & Cinema, a gallery based exhibition of work from artists and fillmmakers which explores the materiality of film and the history of cinema.

Midnight Mass, from New York Drag artist Peaches Christ will encourage bad cinema and even worse behaviour; and Mechanical Games is an interactive online activity, where people can upload one minute films of themselves competing in sporting feats, a special award ceremony will take place live at AND Festival for the winning entries.

Offering a high calibre and energetic programme with AND Salons, workshops, screenings and performances Abandon Normal Devices 2010 will sprawl across and out from Manchester’s cultural spaces.

Please note that all festival film screenings will start at the time advertised.

The debut AND festival took place in Liverpool Wed 23 – Sun 27 September 2009 at FACT, and throughout Cumbia during the Spring of 2010 will be coming to Cornerhouse in October 2010.

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Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a new festival that welcomes audiences to experience the best in new cinema and media art in a celebration that spills from screens and galleries into the streets and imaginations of the North West. AND exists to create a space where artists and filmmakers can offer striking new perspectives, and visitors can enjoy, discuss and interact with ideas, in a festival that questions the normal and champions a different approach.

abandon normal devicesThe festival will take place in Liverpool and Manchester on alternate years, with an extended programme in Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire. Expect an eclectic array of screenings, installations, online projects, public realm interventions, workshops and live events, with a distinctive emphasis on ideas and discussion.
abandon normal devicesAND is driven by a new collaborative partnership between three of the UK’s leading institutions dealing with art and digital culture. FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, Cornerhouse in Manchester and folly in Lancaster have joined forces to collaborate on the exciting task of imagining a new festival from scratch.

abandon normal devicesAND is part of WE PLAY, the Northwest cultural legacy project for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. WE PLAY is a Legacy Trust UK funded project led by the Arts Council, Northwest on behalf of new regional partnerships. WE PLAY is presented in the Northwest as part of beinspired.

Previously in this Festival


Psychedelic, hallucinogenic and fearless, Pepperminta is the first feature film from acclaimed artist Pippilotti Rist.

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The Gleaners in Conversation

Jenna Collins and Sam Meech discuss with Marion Hewitt the opportunities for artists engaging with moving image archives following their residencies at the North West…

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Mechanical Games Award Ceremony

The Mechanical Games challenge has been taking over Manchester, in care homes, leisure centres and church halls. Now it's time to find out who will…

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This is the first public presentation of the Media Blueprint for London 2012, an independent proposal, written by Professor Andy Miah, to create a UK…

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Speed Dating Synthesis

AND Festival's very own free networking event.

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Peaches Christ Retrospective – Joshua Grannell

Join director Joshua Grannell and Dr Patricia MacCormack as they discuss Joshua's development as a filmmaker alongside the genesis and unholy rise to fame of…

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Midnight Mass: All About Evil

AND proudly presents the UK debut of underground San Francisco phenomena Midnight Mass starring horror hostess Peaches Christ in this Rocky Horror-style celebration of bad,…

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In Conversation/ Gillian Wearing

Turner Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing joins us for a post-screening Q&A to discuss the process behind making her first feature length film Self Made.…

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Gleaners: Archive Remix & Live Soundtrack

Following their Gleaners residencies in the North West Film Archive, experimental filmmakers Jenna Collins and Sam Meech present two new kaleido’scopic short films, premiering at…

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Bade Area

Chen Chieh-jen's video shot in Bade, a once thriving industrial city in Northwest, Taiwan was inspired by an unimposing billboard, stating 'The Majestic Town'.

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CREAM Competition Shorts Programme

Continuing an international collaboration with CREAM (International Festival for Arts and Media Yokohoma 2009) we showcase the prize-winning works from among 992 submissions from 42…

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Life 2.0

An intriguing documentary which takes a look at the dark abandonment of real life, for a virtual world where relationships are formed, new economies exist…

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AND Shorts

Successfully collated from the festivals open call for submissions, filmmakers present playful and contemplative visions of the world. The AND Shorts include dramas, animations and…

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News from Ideological Antiquity: Marx – Eisenstein – Das Kapital

In 1927, Sergei Eisenstein decided to film Das Kapital, screenplay by Karl Marx, but the plan never came to fruition. 81 years later Alexander Kluge,…

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I Killed My Mother

Upcoming and multi-talented filmmaker Xavier Dolan not only directs but also stars in this confident, darkly comic and touching debut which considers the complicated love/hate…

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Lieutenant Kurokawa returns from the war a celebrated man. Horrifically injured in the conflict he must now be cared for by his dutiful and devoted…

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Shorts/ Protect Me From What I Want

From erotic rituals to the construction of a queer utopia, this musically infused shorts programme explores the queering of modern identity. Watch politics meet the…

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A unique piece of music-theatre which combines contemporary classical music, innovative sign language interpretation, poetry and textual projections. Taking place at the International Anthony Burgess…

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